Citizens! have announced details of their second album, European Soul, which is released on Kitsuné / Sony Red on Monday April 13th 2015.
The track listing for the 11-track album, recorded in Paris during the summer of 2014 with producer Laurent d’Herbecourt (Phoenix collaborator), is as follows:
1. Lighten Up
2. Waiting For Your Lover
3. European Girl
4. My Kind Of Girl
5. Only Mine
6. Brick Wall
8. I Remember
9. Have I Met You
10. Xmas Japan
11. Are You Ready?
The first track to be taken from the album, Lighten Up, was launched in December of last year with a stunning interactive video by acclaimed directors Focus Creeps (who made R U Mine? by the Arctic Monkeys and Easy Easy by King Krule).
Taking ‘soul’ as its musical cue, the record is future-facing and profoundly positive - “In Waiting For Your Lover, there’s a line that says: “everything can change tonight”, explains lead singer Tom Burke. “You should never be resigned, always push forward. That’s European Soul”.
Talking about the title of the album Tom explains. “The album is a love song to Europe. When we sing ‘Don’t be scared of the world outside your window…’ we are longing for a unified and hopeful spirit that is not afraid of the outsider. The title is more ideological than political. It suggests the idea of unity, of inclusion; by sharing emotion people come together. The best parties are the ones where everyone is invited.”
Having played a sold-out show at London’s Village Underground in late 2014, the band will play a London show at XOYO on Thursday April 16 before heading to Europe for a short run of gigs.
The full list of shows is as follows:
Paris La Gaite Lyrique
Citizens! released their much-acclaimed debut album, Here We Are, in May 2012.
Citizens! are: Tom Burke (vocals), Thom Rhoades (guitar), Lawrence Diamond (keyboards / guitar) & Mike Evans (drums)